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U P Style Pasties


2 cups diced raw potato
1 large diced raw onion
1 cup diced raw rutabaga
1⁄2 cup diced raw carrots
1 1⁄2 tsp salt
1⁄2 tsp pepper
1-1⁄2 lb raw pasty meat (coarsely ground lean beef)

Mix above ingredients and set aside.


 1 lb shortening (vegetable)

1 cup of cold water
6 cups flour
1 T salt


Mix flour, water, shortening and salt until crumbly



Divide dough into about 6 rounds and roll out flat. Divide filling onto each crust. Fold over and crimp edges. (May add oleo or butter before folding.) Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for about 1 hour, 15 minutes.  

Bread Machine Nisu     


1 cup [Pet or Carnation] evaporated milk

1/4 cup  water

1 egg, beaten

3 T butter, softened

3 to 4 cups bread flour.  I use  3-1/2.

1/2 cup sugar

1 tsp salt

1 tsp crushed cardamom or 3/4 tsp powdered

1 tsp dry yeast.


Place ingredients in bread machine in above order.

Set machine for light setting

2 hours to bake - estimated, depends on  the  bread  machine..

Yield 1 big bread loaf. 


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Lemon  Pie
      4 eggs
    1 lemon (remove elongated end, quarter and remove seeds)
      1-1/2 cup (or less) sugar
       1/2  cup margarine ( I use slightly less)
              Blend all ingredients well in blender
      Pour in unbaked pie shell
      Bake 350 degrees for 35 - 40 minutes
      Top with whipped cream.
Sweet  Potato  Pie 
Boil and peel 4 sweet potatoes
Have a 9 inch unbaked pie shell ready
2 Cups mashed sweet potatoes
1/2 cup melted butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp nutmeg & cinnamon
1/8 tsp cloves & salt
 1 cup evaporated milk
Mix altogether 
 and pour into unbaked pie shell
Bake for 45 minutes 
 or until silver knife poked  in comes out clean (until set )



Strawberry Pie


You will need 2 baked pie shells  

Poke unbaked pie shells with fork many times before baking

Bake at 450 degrees for about 12 minutes


3 pints strawberries, cleaned  



2 cups sugar

6 T cornstarch

4 T white Karo syrup

2 cups water

Boil this for 5 minutes


As soon as mixture is removed from heat,

add small amount of red food coloring

Next add 4 T strawberry jello to hot mix and stir well

Place berries  in pie shells

Pour mixture over berries   

Chill for one hour


Cinnamon Sugar Almond (or Walnuts)


Butter the sides of a 2-quart sauce pan


Combine:             1 cup sugar

                        cup water

                        1 tsp cinnamon

                        tsp salt


Heat and stir until sugar dissolves and mixture boils.

Cook without stirring to soft ball stage (236 degrees)

Remove from heat

Beat by hand for 1 minute until it just begins to get creamy


Add 1-1/2 tsp vanilla and warm nuts

Spread out onto a jelly roll pan and

occasionally toss until mixture dries.


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Jean's Prune Tarts (Makes 36 Tarts)


5 cups flower

3-1/2 Tsp. baking powder

1/2 Tsp. salt

1 cup sugar

1 cup milk

3 sticks of butter


1 lb. pitted prunes

3 cups water

1/4 cup sugar

Bake 14 minutes at 375



Good Lemon Bars
Melt 2-2/3 sticks of butter
2/3 cup powdered sugar
2-2/3 cup flour
1 rounded tsp salt
Mix together and pat down into 9 x13 pan
Bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes
Wisk 5 eggs
2-1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup flour
2/3 cup lemon juice
Pour over baked crust and bake 25-30 minutes longer
Sprinkle with powdered sugar


Kropsua (Pannukakku) Finnish oven pancake

4 eggs
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1-1/2 c. flour
3 c. milk
1/2 stick of butter


Beat eggs with electric mixer. Add sugar and salt; mix well. Add flour and milk alternately and beat until smooth. Add melted butter.

Grease a 9 x 12 inch cake pan with butter. Carefully pour Kropsua mixture into pan. Bake in 375 degree oven for 25 minutes. May bubble up while baking, let set a few minutes before cutting into 4 x 4 inch squares. Serve with butter and syrup or jam on top. Also great with strawberries and whipping cream.